PHYSICAL THERAPY (PTS)
Course Descriptions

PTS 411/511 6 cr.
BIO/PAS 511.
Human Gross Anatomy

A comprehensive consideration of the human anatomy including both neuro-musculoskeletal components and internal organ systems. Systems included are musculoskeletal, neurological, urogenital, gastrointestinal, skeletal, and cardiopulmonary. The course includes the complete regional dissection of the human cadaver. Biomechanical function, topographic and radiographic correlations, and clinical applications are emphasized. Provides an in-depth understanding of the gross anatomy of the human body through lecture, audiovisual, computer and gross cadaver dissection. Lect. 5, Lab. 8. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS Professional Program. Cross-listed with BIO 511 and PAS 511; may only earn credit in PAS, PTS, or BIO. Offered Summer session.

PTS 412/512 4 Cr.
Medical Physiology

Emphasis upon physiological principles directly related to rehabilitation in a physical therapy practice setting and interaction of physiological systems during normal activities and after injury or disease. PTS students will be enrolled in a one hour per week discussion section. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS Professional Program. Offered Summer session.

PTS 413/513 3 Cr.
Biomechanics & Kinesiology of Movement

The principles and theories of the biomechanics of human motion presented to develop analytical skills to assess normal and abnormal movement. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS Professional Program. Offered Sem. I.

PTS 414/514 2 Cr.
Motor Control, Motor Learning, and Motor Development

This course will provide a theoretical and research evidence basis for normal and disordered movement via motor control, motor learning, and motor development literature. Students will formulate a basic understanding of what is known about typical and atypical development, control and learning of movement and how available knowledge applies to motor re-learning and control occurring after a lesion. These concepts will be discussed with respect to multiple patient populations. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS Professional Program. Offered Sem. I.

PTS/OT 415/515 3 Cr.
Functional Neuroanatomy

This course will address the anatomical basis of neuroscience with emphasis on rehabilitation. Structure and physiological function of the central nervous system will be correlated for normal and abnormal processes. Patient examples and research literature will be utilized to foster appropriate clinical decision-making skills in students. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: admission to the OT/PT program. Offered Sem. I. Cross-listed with PTS 515; may only earn credit in O-T or PTS.

PTS 416/516 2 Cr. .
Physiological Regulation of Exertion and Disease

This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the physiological basis of activity. The course emphasizes the various changes brought on by exercise to the normal and abnormal physiological systems. Lect. 1, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Sem. I.

PTS 421/521 1 Cr.
Applied Anatomical Assessment

A course designed to acquaint the student with the clinical significance of finding anatomical landmarks through surface palpation. Lab. 3. Prerequisite:Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Summer session.

PTS 422/522 5 Cr.
Foundations of the Examination Process

A course designed to instruct the student on techniques to examine patients/clients by obtaining a history from other sources, by performing systems reviews and by selecting and administering culturally appropriate and age-related tests and measures. Lect. 3, Lab. 4. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Sem. I.

PTS 423/523 3 Cr.
Physical Agents

This course provides an understanding of the physiological basis, scientific rationale for, and clinical application of, thermal, electrophysiology/electrotherapy and electromagnetic physical agents. Strategies and techniques to manage pain, edema, soft tissue dysfunction, loss of motion and weakness through direct interventions will be covered. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Sem. I.

PTS 431/531 2 Cr.
Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice

Using a seminar format, the learner will be exposed to the multiple roles of the physical therapist as a professional and gain insight into the importance of those roles in the context of today's health care system using the disablement model. The student will be introduced to the development of professional behaviors relevant to the practice of physical therapy. Professional organizations and their relationship to professional practice will also be discussed. Service learning and clinical role models will be utilized for out-of-class learning. An overview of documentation and medical records will also be included. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Summer session.

PTS 541 2 Cr.
Foundations of Clinical Research

Research methodology with an emphasis on clinical research is the focus of this course. Methods for critically evaluating the literature, literature search strategies, ethics in research, issues of control, measurement and some basic elements of research design will be discussed. Students will formulate a research question and develop a research proposal. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Sem. II.

PTS 542 3 Cr.
Research and Applied Statistics

Specific quantitative research designs and statistics with an emphasis on clinical research is the focus of this course. The course will discuss methods for critically evaluating the literature based on the study design and statistical findings as well as their application to clinical practice. Students will build on course content developed in PTS 541. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Summer session. May not earn credit in both PTS 542 and PHY 423.

PTS 543 2 Cr.
Instrumentation

Development of skills and experience necessary for data collection in a movement analysis laboratory. Topics will include methods of data acquisition using a force platform, pressure platform, pressure insoles and mats, optical-based motion analysis, posturography and electromyography (EMG), as well as methods of processing, analyzing, and interpreting data. Laboratory time will be available to collect and process data using the experimental equipment. Clinical EMG and electrical testing of nerves will also be discussed. Lect. 2, Lab 3. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Summer session. May not earn credit in both PTS 543 and PHY 483.

PTS/O-T 611 2 Cr.
Pathophysiology

This course will provide the student with information about the pathophysiology of various organ systems and physiological control mechanisms as they pertain to the practice of physical therapy. Emphasis will be placed upon the ability of the student to perform differential diagnosis in a physical therapy setting and to determine when further diagnostics may be indicated. Patient problems will be utilized to allow students to practice differential diagnosis and problem solving. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Sem. II. Cross-listed with O-T 611; may only earn credit in PTS or O-T.

PTS 621 5 Cr.
Scientific Principles of Intervention

This course teaches the basic therapeutic interventions used to treat impairments and functional limitations in the different biological systems that lead to movement dysfunction in a patient/client. Interventions are directed at balance, coordination, body mechanics, moving and positioning, flexibility, gait training, relaxation, strength and power training and mobility training including equipment used for locomotion. This course also includes information on case management and documentation. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Lect. 3, Lab. 4. Offered Sem. II.

PTS 622 3 Cr.
Physical Therapy Management of the Cardiovascular/Pulmonary System

This course focuses on normal and abnormal structure and function of the cardiovascular, pulmonary and lymphatic systems with emphasis on medical and other therapeutic strategies. Emphasis is placed on preventative measures and interventions for cardiac and pulmonary patients. Students evaluate current literature to support evidence-based practice and use a problem-solving approach to evaluate and manage patients. Laboratory time is designated for practice of examination, evaluation, intervention and progression of the patient. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Sem. II.

PTS 623 2 Cr.
Integument System

In this course, the student will build on basic skin anatomy, physiologic basis of skin nourishment and repair, and biomechanical stresses that can impact on the skin. Factors predisposing the skin to breakdown will be presented as will preventive measures where appropriate. The student will learn specific examination and intervention techniques utilized in treating specific integumentary conditions including burns, wound care, and amputations. Lect. 1.5, Lab 3.5. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Summer session.

PTS 631 3 Cr.
Professionalism and the Ethos of Care

Students will explore the ethics of professional practice, fiduciary relationships, the rights and duties associated with the patient/therapist relationship and the role character plays in ethical decision-making. In response to the underlying values of respect for society, self and others, students will also explore the psychosocial variables that impact on people with disabilities and their ability to cope. Course will emphasize serving diverse patient populations. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Sem. II.

PTS 641 1 Cr.
Evidence-based Practice: Levels of Evidence

This course is intended to provide the learner with strategies for evaluating the evidence underlying physical therapy practice. Levels of evidence will be presented along with opportunities to utilize evidence as a framework for determining best practice. Lab. 2. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Summer session.

PTS 651 1 Cr.
Fieldwork: Introduction to Clinical Learning

The student will participate in a clinically based learning experience where they will shadow a physical therapist. Students will gain experience with medical chart reviews, taking subjective patient histories, practicing early assessment and intervention skills, perform basic patient handling techniques and explore the role of a physical therapist within the health care team. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program and functioning at the beginning level on the professional behaviors assessment form. Pass/fail grading. Offered J-term.

PTS 711 2 Cr.
Pharmacology

This course is designed to provide coverage of typical pharmacologic agents encountered in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings. Content includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, biotransformation of drugs, and a consideration of the clinical application for a variety of classes of drugs. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Sem. I.

PTS 712 1 Cr.
Clinical Radiography

This course introduces students to the different modalities used in clinical radiography and the rationale for using one or more modalities when making an appropriate diagnosis. Students will be able to better comprehend radiographic anatomy in a manner relevant to diagnosis and treatment. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Sem. I.

PTS 721 3 Cr.
Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment: Spine

This course is designed to teach the process of physical therapy evaluation and treatment of spinal dysfunction and injury in a clinical setting. Emphasis is placed upon evidence-based approaches and includes mechanical assessment, postural training, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, and use of modalities in the treatment of spinal dysfunction and injury. Lect. 3, Lab. 4. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS Professional Program. Offered Summer session.

PTS 722 3 Cr.
Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment: Lower Extremity

This course emphasizes the orthopedic physical therapy evaluation and treatment aspects of musculoskeletal problems of the lower extremities involving skeletal, connective tissue and muscular components. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Sem. I.

PTS 723 4 Cr.
Adult Neurorehabilitative Physical Therapy

In this course, the student will apply basic knowledge of motor control and motor learning, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, and examination to an adult with a neurological disability. The student will learn and apply basic intervention techniques to people with neurologically-based functional deficits. Lect. 2, Lab. 4. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Sem. I.

PTS 724 2 Cr.
Survey of Health and Wellness in Physical Therapy Practice

In this course students will focus on the role of the physical therapist in promoting principles of health and wellness for the purpose of risk identification and fitness promotion for individuals, groups, and communities throughout the life span by utilizing educational and prevention programs. Issues of health behavior, community access and efficacy of individual and group programs will be explored. Laboratory time is designated for practicing skills and participating in service activities. Lect. 1, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Sem. II.

PTS 725 3 Cr.
Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment: Upper Extremity

This course emphasizes the orthopedic physical therapy evaluation and treatment aspects of musculoskeletal problems of the upper extremities involving skeletal, connective tissue and muscular components. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Sem. II.

PTS 726 4 Cr.
Pediatric Neurorehabilitative Physical Therapy

In this course, the student will apply basic knowledge of motor control and motor learning, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, examination and intervention techniques to a child with a neurological disability. Examination and intervention tools and techniques used for adults and children with neurological disabilities will be compared and contrasted. Students will learn how to modify examination and interventions to match a child's developmental level. Lect. 2, Lab. 4. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Sem. II.

PTS 727 2 Cr.
Case-based Clinical Decision Making - Interventions

This course will teach how to review a physical therapy diagnosis and make appropriate clinical decisions for evidence-based physical therapy interventions. Lect. 1, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Sem. II.

PTS 732 2 Cr.
Clinical Teaching and Patient Education

The intervention of patient education will be explored in depth. Issues surrounding patient adherence in the context of learning theory, adult learning, and learning domains will be emphasized. The physical therapist as a clinical educator will also be addressed. Lect. 1, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Sem. I.

PTS 733 3 Cr.
Health Care Systems and Administration

Primary emphasis of this course is to provide physical therapy students with practice management skills in the context of the U.S. health care system and an autonomous practice environment. Topics of study will include characteristics of the global and U.S. health care systems, reimbursement methods and insurance models, legal considerations, compliance regulations, fiscal management, marketing and development of professional referral relationships and development of business plans. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Sem. II.

PTS 741 1 Cr.
Evidence-based Practice - Interventions

This course will teach how to retrieve and assess information from the research literature that substantiates the physical therapy interventions for the treatment of movement disorders. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Sem. I.

PTS 742 1 Cr.
Research Practicum

Practical experience carrying out a research project under the guidance of the principal investigator(s). Students may be asked to participate in some of the following activities: search and critique the literature concerning the research problem, collect data, process, analyze and/or manage data, assist with statistical analysis, interpret results. Lab. 2. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Repeatable for credit.

PTS 743 1 Cr.
Evidence-based Practice - Tests and Measures

Seminar course focusing on the critical analysis of published clinical research related to Physical Therapy Tests and Measures. Students will select research papers and critique the sample utilized, research design, methodology and instrument employed, interpretation of statistical and practical results, discussion of applications to therapy and suggestions for further research. This course builds on content from PTS 541 and 542. Oral and written presentations are required. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Sem. II.

PTS 751 2 Cr.
Fieldwork: General Practice

The student will be assigned to a clinically based learning experience where they will be allowed to practice basic skill acquisition in real time. Fieldwork placements will be with a general PT practitioner. Consistent with the services that may be provided in a rural setting, students may be expected to provide home care, extended care facility coverage and outpatient orthopedic coverage as well as occasional acute care coverage for less complicated patients. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program and functioning at the beginning level on the professional behaviors assessment form. Offered Summer session. Pass/Fail grading.

PTS 831 1 Cr.
Clinical Decision Making in an Inpatient Acute Care/Rehab Setting

This course introduces learners to clinical reasoning as a systematic process to assist practitioners in inferring or drawing conclusions about patient care in a rural environment. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Summer session.

PTS 832 1 Cr.
Clinical Decision Making in an Outpatient Orthopedic Setting

This course enhances the student's ability to reason clinically as a systematic process to assist practitioners in inferring or drawing conclusions about patient care in an outpatient orthopedic practice. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Sem. I. and Summer session.

PTS 833 1 Cr.
Clinical Decision Making in Autonomous Practice

This course enhances the student's ability to reason clinically as a systematic process to assist practitioners in inferring or drawing conclusions about patient care in an autonomous practice. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Offered Sem. II.

PTS 851 6 Cr.
Internship: Inpatient-acute/rehab

Clinical experience with emphasis on the medically complex patient with related conditions such as post-surgical intervention, oncology, wound care, organ transplant, general de-conditioning, cardiopulmonary or neuromuscular rehabilitation. Prerequisite: Good academic standing, satisfactory completion of all didactic coursework. Must be functioning at the "developing level" on the professional behavior assessment tool. Enrollment in PTS program. Pass/fail grading. Offered Sem. I and Summer session.

PTS 852 6 Cr.
Internship: Outpatient Orthopedic

Clinical experience with an emphasis on clients with musculoskeletal involvement. Fieldwork will take place in an outpatient setting. Patient population and diagnosis may vary according to the facility assigned. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Good academic standing, satisfactory completion of all didactic coursework. Must be functioning at the "developing level" on the professional behavior assessment tool. Pass/fail grading. Offered Sem. I and Summer session.

PTS 853 6 Cr.
Internship: Autonomous Practice

Clinical experience with an emphasis on the autonomous practice setting. Students will select a practice setting not previously experienced where they will mentor under a master clinician practicing in areas such as burns, women's health, oncology, industrial rehabilitation, hand therapy, pediatrics, research, administration, clinical biomechanics, geriatrics, and health and wellness. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS program. Good academic standing, satisfactory completion of all didactic coursework. Must be functioning at the entry level on the professional behavior assessment tool. Pass/fail grading. Offered Sem. II.

PTS 854 1 Cr.
Internship Debriefing

On-campus learning experience whereby students participate in a dialectic discourse with faculty regarding physical therapy practice. Prerequisite: Enrollment in PTS Professional Program. Good academic standing, satisfactory completion of all didactic coursework. Must be functioning at the entry level on the professional behavior assessment tool. Offered Sem. II. Pass/fail grading.